Deepotsav celebrations began today in the holy city of Ayodhya in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Over 5.5 lakh diyas were lit up along the banks of Saryu River. With this, the UP government created a Guinness World Record for the largest display of oil lamps.
In an effort to ensure a global recognition and identity to Ayodhya, Yogi Adityanath has initiated a number of works in the temple town including Deepotsav, which is being organised on the occasion of Diwali every year. This time the UP government reportedly spent ₹1.33 crore on the Deepotsav event that created a world record.
Last year, a Guinness World Record was also made when 410,000 earthen lamps were lit up on the banks of the Saryu river. The Bharatiya Janata Party government started Deepotsav celebrations in Ayodhya when it was voted to power in 2017. Eight thousand students from Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University and colleges in Ayodhya have been trained to create the Guinness World record.